Musée de la vigne et du terroir (Museum of Wine and local produce)
This museum is housed in the Bailiff’s House, a tribute to the glorious past of the monastery of Saint-Pourçain. The building has a magnificent spiral staircase in the belfry, a listed monument. The different collections and documents displayed in the 11 rooms enable visitors to enter the world of Saint-Pourçain wine and understand the winegrowers’ way of life, their work and way of thinking.
The exhibition features tools used to work in the vines, harvesting tools, wine-making equipment, tools used in wine-related crafts, a wine-grower’s home and everyday life, agricultural activities and local costumes. The last room is devoted to the history of the town.
Le Festival Viticole et Gourmand du Saint-Pourçain (Wine and Food Festival)
The Wine and Food Festival in August was created to give a new dimension to the traditional Fête des Vins. For 10 days, numerous events are held in the 27 villages of the Pays Saint-Pourcinois, to the delight of local inhabitants and tourists.
The programme includes : markets, walks, horse rides and cycle rides, a fete, trip around the vines in a horse and carriage, a buffet meal, village and heritage discovery tours, concerts, a parade of floats decorated with flowers, tasting sessions and a stamp exhibition. In addition, throughout the festival : Saint-Pourçain wine-cellars in festive mood, « Pass Touristique » available from the Office de Tourisme, « Pass Gourmand », special festival menus in local restaurants, funfair, visits to churches belonging to the « Arc en Ciel » circuit and a treasure hunt for children accompanied by their parents."